February '07 News
2/26/07 - The Dukes of
Hazzard: Release 2
Posted over at the
HobbyTalk forum was the announcement of a SECOND release of cars from
The Dukes of Hazzard:
Hazzard Assortment 2
General Lee (Zinger)
Daisy’s Jeep (dirty)
Hughie Hogg’s 60s Beetle
General Lee (black)
(Boss Hogg's) Gray Ghost Jr. ’68 Camaro
Chickasaw County Patrol car
Enos’ Patrol Car
General Lee (regular)
I don't mind a few more cop cars, but
where's Uncle Jesse's Pick-Up? What about a Mustang to race The
General? Hughie Hogg's VW? Oh well. Expect this series to
hit pegs in September.
2/23/07 - K.I.T.T. - The
Word on the street is Knight Rider
the movie is in pre-production with a tentative 2008 release date. A
Koenigsegg (pictured above) is rumored to be cast in the role of K.I.T.T.
2/22/07 - Sponsor News
Sponsor RPM Diecast has announced a
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2/21/07 - Warning!
After giving up hope of finding them
locally, I purchased a case of Dukes of Hazzard cars from sponsor
Movie Car Mania. The case included 3 x General Lee, 2 of each of the
following: Dirty General Lee, Daisy's Jeep, Daisy's Plymouth, Cooter's
Camaro, and only one Sheriff Rosco's patrol car. I have to admit I'm
very pleased with this collection. Even though three of these cars
were offered as part of Johnny Lightning's Hollywood on Wheels series, at
least they made corrections to two of the vehicles. Upon closer
inspection, it looks like they got the General's rims right, and they
changed the deco on the Jeep to read Dixie instead of Daisy. Very
nice! The key to this series, however, is Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane's
Dodge Monaco, which was included in my Top Ten Wish List after tallying up
votes by YOU. I just wish there was more than one per case. And
finally, I love the idea of including a magnet with each car. I'm a
refrigerator magnet kind-of-guy.
Nice job Johnny
Lightning! I hope the series doesn't end here. Here's what I'd
like to see in the next series: Boss Hogg's Caddy, Uncle Jesse's
Pick-up, a couple of Mustangs for the General to race, and maybe Cooter's
Wrecker, even though Matchbox just recently released it as an exclusive
through Cooter's Place.
*some of the above pics were found at
2/21/07 - Sponsor News
Everyone please welcome another new
sponsor to this website. Terry Ballard of
creates amazingly realistic 1:18 scale
dioramas. A few days ago I posted photos of his incredible Bullitt
diorama. I asked Terry a few questions about his work:
How long does it take you to
create a piece? Time for these range from two weeks
to a month, depending on complexity. I still have a full time day job, so
these dioramas are evenings & weekends.
What materials do you work
Mostly wood. Lots of popsicle sticks & coffee stir sticks! Plaster,
paper mache, and model railroad material.
Do you work from photos, or
from imagination? All my scenes come from my imagination,
but I can work from a photograph.
Do you take requests?
All my orders are requests, special orders, etc.
Do you only work in 1:18
scale? Would you ever do 1:64 scale? 1:18 is my
scale - I can see it the best, & get more detail!
Who are some notable people
who own one of your pieces? "Famous" customers include Alan
Jackson, George Barris, and Corey Banks (Dukes stunt driver)
What are some TV or movie
scenes you'd like to tackle? Movie scenes I'd like to
do: Vanishing Point (the end), Christine, Batman, and many more!
Welcome aboard Terry! To visit
Diecast Junkers click on the link in the right column.
2/20/07 - Mark Your
I got an e-mail from "Andy" alerting
me to the announcement that the sequel to The Italian Job will go into
production with a 2008 release. The title? The Brazilian Job.
I also read on
www.rottentomatoes.com that Dan Aykroyd announced Ghostbusters 3
is in the works, but it may be done as a CGI film. Other car movies to
look forward to:
7/4/2007 - Transformers
2008 - The Dark Knight
2008 - Speed Racer (directed by The Wachowski brothers and starring
2/18/07 - Number One with
Check out this 1:18 scale diorama
that's up for auction on eBay right now. The seller, Terry Ballard,
put an awful lot of work into recreating this scene from Bullitt,
going as far as including figures in the cars, and using special brackets to
make the cars seem airborne. The auction ends on Tuesday, February 20.
Check it out by clicking
Also check out Terry's website
www.diecastjunkers.com to see some amazingly realistic dioramas.
This guy is an ARTIST.
2/16/07 - The Sopranos
Jada Toys continues to dabble in the
entertainment die-cast arena with the announcement that the company plans to
release vehicles from the hit HBO series The Sopranos. A Hummer
H2 and a Cadillac Escalade will make up a 1:64 scale boxed set. This
follows the release of vehicles from Scarface and The Godfather.
Hmmmm. Anyone else notice a trend here? What's next?
Vehicles from Goodfellas? Actually, that would be pretty cool,
too. Keep 'em coming Jada. Click
HERE for more info.
2/15/07 - Which Came First
... Chick or the Egg?
Look for these to hit stores in time
for Easter. I wouldn't mind getting a few in my basket, along with
Hamm. Green Eggs and Hamm! Get it??? Thank you. I'm
here all night. Tip your waitstaff.
Longtime contributor (and joke writer) Metro Privratsky e-mailed me with
photos of two more releases. I don't know about you, but I'm
egg-static. This is egg-citing. I'm... um... ah... okay, I'm
2/15/07 - The Man with the
Golden ... Car.
Sponsor Movie Car Mania has all sorts
of new, cool stuff, including new James Bond cars from Minichamps:
Movie Car Mania is proud to
announce that we are now carrying
die cast cars. We received our first shipment of
from their James Bond collection. The first two cars are the limited
edition gold plated James Bond
Aston Martin DBS and the James Bond 'You Only Live Twice'
Toyota 2000 GT.
will be adding more James Bond cars from
MiniChamps as well as the Steve
McQueen Triumph motorcycle from "The
They've also received shipments of
die-cast cars from Cars, Dukes of Hazzard, Batman Begins, The Godfather
and MORE. Click on the link in the right column to visit Movie Car
2/14/07 - "Straight'nin'
the curves, flat'nin' the hills"
Despite the bad news announced
recently by RC2, it seems they still have some things up their sleeve for
the remainder of 2007. I got some pretty cool news by Dave Nichols of
DetoursDiecast. Here's what Dave had to say in a recent e-mail:
RC2 recently announced they'll be
doing the 1968,1969, and 1970 Dodge Chargers in their high detail
Authentics series. This will be an all new mold, not a rehash of the
existing 68-70 Charger mold. What may be of interest to you is that this
series of Chargers will include an all-new high detail General Lee. I've
talked with the American Muscle/Authentics Product Manager at RC2 about
some items that should be corrected from the current model, like those
Vector wheels. I've also been contacted by James Shine, president of the
Lee1 group (the organization that recently restored the #1 General Lee),
who has shown interest in helping RC2 get the details of the model as
accurate as possible, so I'm trying to put these two parties in touch with
one another. If you're interested, you can read more about Lee1 at
While the Hot Wheels 1/18-scale 1966
Batmobile has got to be the best thing coming down the pike for 1/18-scale
movie car collectors, something we've been asking for for a really long
time, I have to say the idea of getting a higher detail, more accurate
1/18-scale General Lee is almost as exciting, at least for me.
No official release date has been
set yet on the Authentics General Lee, but it will more than likely be
towards the end of 2007. As soon as I get pictures of the first decorated
samples, I'll be sure to share them.
For more pics and
2/14/07 - Sponsor News
Please welcome a brand new sponsor to
Hollywood Die-Cast. RPM Diecast.com offers a wide variety of
racing-related merchandise and is a good source for hard-to-find Cars
product. As a matter of fact, RPM is taking pre-orders on the Cars
items shown at Toy Fair '07, including Dinoco Chick, Michael Schumacher
Ferrari, and Yeti. Visit RPM by clicking on the link above or in the
2/13/07 - The Seven-Ups
Rummaging through the El Cheapo DVD
bin at Wal*Mart, I came across the 1973 film The Seven-Ups. I
heard the movie featured a pretty spectacular car chase, so I decided to
pick it up. The Seven-Ups refers to a prison sentence (seven
years and up) which is also the name of a secret division within the NYPD
made up of officers who don't quite go by the book. The movie is a
gritty cop drama in the same vein as Bullitt and The French
Connection, and it's not a coincidence, because they're all produced by
Philip D'Antoni, who also directed The Seven-Ups. As a film, it
was entertaining, but not of the same caliber of those other two films.
As for the car chase, it ranks right up there with the all-time great chases
caught on film. Roy Scheider's character drives a '73 Ventura
Hatchback (above left) and the bad guys are in a '73 Pontiac Grand Ville
Sedan. The speed and excitement make for a thrilling chase.
According to the interesting featurette Anatomy of a Chase found on
the DVD, the ten-minute chase took four weeks to film. I don't want to
give anything away, but I strongly recommend this DVD to anyone who
considers himself a car chase buff. Just the behind-the-scenes
featurette is worth the price alone, and the movie isn't too bad. The
above photos were found on www.imcdb.org
Does it crack my
Top 10 Movie Car Chases? It
would be difficult to remove one of my top ten to make room for The
Seven-Ups, but it comes awfully close.
2/11/07 - "Put the
evidence in the car."
I've always wanted to do this. I
took Sheriff Buford T. Justice's cruiser (an extra I had lying around) and
decided to "customize" it to look like it sustained some of the damage
seen in Smokey & The Bandit. It didn't take a lot of skill,
just a cutting tool and a steady hand.
2/11/07 - New Cars
Unveiled at Toy Fair '07
Photos have been posted on
www.figures.com revealing upcoming
Cars characters. Among those on display are a red version of
Ramone, Yeti from Monsters, Inc., Bling McQueen and Tongue McQueen.
HERE for complete coverage.
2/11/07 - HW Batmobile
I just recently noticed that the
Batmobile offered by George Barris and the Batmobile arriving in stores are
on two different cardbacks (see comparison above.) Barris' verions
reads "2007 New Models" while the more common version reads "2007 First
Editions." I'm told only Barris received the New Models edition
(2 cases) and when they're gone, they're gone. I've gotten several
e-mails from collectors who complained to me about the asking price going up
on the signed editions, from $75 to $200. Let me ask you this, what
would YOU do if you sold something for $75 and saw people turn around and
sell it on eBay for $300??? So please don't blame the Barris family,
blame the money-hungry dealers and the collectors with too much money who
drove the price up. Personally, I'd never part with the jewel of my
collection for any price.
Also, the website 1966Batmobile.com
has exclusive photos of George Barris holding what looks like a resin
prototype of the 1:18 scale Batmobile. Click
2/11/07 - For Sale:
Used '59 Cadillac Ambulance
My buddy Tim tipped me off to this
chance of a lifetime. The Ecto-1 is up for grabs to anyone with $150
Grand burning a hole in his pocket. Click
HERE for all the details.
2/10/07 - My First and
LAST K-Mart Day
Just got back from K-Mart Day and was
thoroughly disappointed. I arrived about a half-hour early and was
given a numbered ticket. About 8 or 9 guys stood around chatting and
waiting for the event to start. As it got closer to 9am, more and more
people showed up. At 9am, the store manager announced there were only
24 cases for the 40+ people that had arrived. At 9am, they started
drawing numbers and handing out cases. Of course, my number wasn't
called. As I watched people going through cases, not one person found
a '66 Batmobile. And I heard only one person got a Treasure Hunt, out
of 24 cases! My brother called me from another store saying he
actually got to open a case, but NO Batmobiles and not ONE PERSON got a
Treasure Hunt. I should've stayed in bed. But since I'm up, I'm
going to have some Capn' Crunch and watch cartoons to cheer myself up.
2/8/07 - Coming Up from
Mike in Scotland tipped me off to this
upcoming release from the Cars line. It's referred to as a
"carrying case" but it'll make a cool addition to anyone's Cars
collection. Coming in Spring of '07. The above pic was found at
2/7/07 - Let the Bat-Mania Begin!
Apparently, the Hot Wheels Batmobile
has officially hit stores, judging by a photo posted in the Hot Wheels
Forum. Click on the link above to see the pic (you have to be a
registered member.) I literally gasped when I saw EIGHTEEN Batmobiles
found by one collector. I hope he left some for the rest of us. Check your local
Kroger store and K-Mart this Saturday.
2/7/07 - "Our fine four-fendered
Ah, what a week. First the
Batmobile, now this. As a little treat to myself after getting my
income tax refund, I purchased something I've been putting off far too long.
In September of '04, it was revealed at the San Diego Comic Con that
Stevenson Entertainment Group would be releasing toys from one of my
all-time favorite films Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In addition to
figures, a 1:18 scale car would be released as well (in regular and
"electroplated" versions.) Well, here it is, more than two years later
and I finally got around to buying the electroplated version of the car.
Part of the reason for the delay is that I've never seen it in stores here
in my area, not even hobby shops, so I had to go the eBay route. Take
a look at the pics. WOW. This thing is amazing. It's not
die-cast, it's plastic, but it's pretty impressive nonetheless. It'll
display very nicely among (or flying above) my other 1:18 scale cars.
2/6/07 - Holy Grail,
Okay, I've thrown around the term
"Holy Grail" over the last four years when describing a hard-to-find
die-cast vehicle to add to my collection, but never has the term been more
appropriate in describing what I received in the mail today. The Hot
Wheels 1966 Batmobile, autographed by George Barris himself (in red), is now
a part of my collection! I have been dreaming about the day when a
die-cast company would somehow wrangle the rights to produce this car,
arguably, the most famous car in the world. Yes, Corgi produced the
Batmobile as part of the Juniors line, but that was, what, 30 years ago?
Hot Wheels somehow managed to pull it off and now I can finally remove this
car from my Wish List. This is the most exciting moment I've
experienced since I started collecting TV and movie die-cast cars.
Click on the thumbs above to check out the pics. If you'd like to get
yours, scroll down and click on the photo of Barris Kustom City and send an
e-mail to Joji Barris.
2/5/07 - RAOK
As I popped into the various online
forums I visit to keep up on the latest die-cast news, I occasionally came
across the acronym "RAOK." I wasn't sure what it meant until recently,
when someone revealed that RAOK stands for "Random Act of Kindness."
Ah, of course. I've been the recipient of a RAOK many times, and I've
tried to "pay it forward" whenever I could. Well, the latest RAOK I've
experienced has come from frequent visitor and contributor to my website and
forum "Joe Nest." Reading that I've been unable to find the Batman
Begins Gotham City 5-Pack, he sent one to me, asking nothing in return.
A very special thanks goes out to Joe Nest, and I can only hope to return
the favor. I STILL haven't seen this 5-pack in my area.
The Gotham City 5-pack
includes three vehicles that were offered on single cards in the Batman
Begins line: Tomahawk Batcycle, Tumbler and Batcopter, although
comparing them side by side will reveal new color schemes in the 5-pack.
"New" vehicles include a Viper and a black & blue "Fathom This" submarine.
I'm glad I can finally add this to my Batman
collection. Thanks again to Joe Nest.
2/4/07 - New Titanium in
Hitting a few stores over the weekend,
I didn't find much, with the exception of the newest series from the Star
Wars and Battlestar Galactica Titanium lines. I passed on
most of them, but couldn't resist the cool-looking red Royal Guard TIE
Interceptor (above left.) I also spotted the Dewback, Dagobah X-Wing,
The Invisible Hand, and a few from the previous wave, which includes Darth
Maul's Sith Speeder, Darth Vader's Sith Starfighter and Blockade Runner.
Also, having been a huge fan of the classic Battlestar Galactica TV
series when I was a kid, I picked up the classic Colonial Viper (above
right.) I'm looking forward to adding the classic Cylon Raider to my
collection as well when it hits stores soon. Check out
for a complete list of Star Wars Titanium vehicles, complete with
2/3/07 - Atomic Batteries
to Power! Turbines to Speed!
I got confirmation on Friday that a
special package is on its way to me from California! It's going to be
a looooong week, checking that mailbox every day waiting for its arrival!!!
When it gets here, you can bet I'll post pics right away!!!
Click on the pic above to go to the Barris Kustom City website. Send
an e-mail to Joji if you're interested in ordering a signed Hot Wheels '66
Batmobile for $75 plus shipping. It's a much better alternative to
paying the astronomical prices I'm seeing on eBay.
I heard the price has gone up since I purchased mine. I'm waiting for
Yet Another UPDATE:
I got confirmation that the price has indeed gone up to $125. I'm told
the supply is drying up quickly.
2/3/07 - 1:18 Scale
I decided to tidy up the 1:18 scale
checklist and add some new entries, as well as a few photos. Special
thanks to Tim Masterson of the U.K. for contributing photos of his
collection. Click HERE to
view the checklist.
2/1/07 - Happy Anniversary
Today marks the FOURTH YEAR that
Hollywood Die-Cast has been in existence! Thanks to all for your
support! Getting my hands on that Hot Wheels Batmobile would be the
PERFECT anniversary present to myself!
2/1/07 - Wednesday's Finds
Yesterday I hit a few stores on my way
into work. After a month or more of empty pegs, I finally found a few
new things. At Wal*Mart I stumbled on to full pegs of Movie Moments
from Cars. I FINALLY nabbed Mike & Sully and Ferrari Fans
Guido & Luigi. Then I turned around and found a lone black Futura from
Johnny Lightning (below.) The Futura never did exist in black, well,
at least not until Mr. Barris did some modifications and turned it into the